When should you report to CEOP (use the ‘report abuse’ button)
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) help children to stay safe online. People who work for CEOP include police officers, teachers and social workers.
They also provide the means for children and young people to report anyone who has behaved inappropriately online to them or someone they know. This could be for example sexual chat, trying to meet up with them or being asked to do something that makes them feel uncomfortable.
CEOP is not able to respond to online bullying incidents.
For more information about CEOP, go to ceop.police.uk.
How to Report Abuse
The Click CEOP button is an asset of the National Crime Agency CEOP command. The CEOP command works to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation both online and offline.
The button has been developed for children and young people and is offered as a convenient and potentially less intimidating method of reporting these sensitive types of crime, alternative to face-to-face and telephone reporting to local police forces. It provides children and young people with access to an online mechanism for reporting known or suspected child sexual exploitation or child sexual abuse directly to CEOP.
Reporting to CEOP
CEOP takes all reports seriously and children of all ages can report through the Click CEOP button. The reporting form is designed to be as accessible as possible by children, but it is highly recommend that young children seek the support of an adult they trust to help them make a report.
All reports to CEOP are treated sensitively and are read and risk assessed by a CEOP Child Protection Adviser. It is not possible to report to CEOP anonymously as CEOP have a duty to ensure the child or young person is safe. Reports made outside of office hours are viewed by the NCA Control Centre. Urgent concerns about a child’s safety are referred by the Control Centre to local police. CEOP advise any urgent reports where a child is in immediate danger should be reported to the local police force where the child is located.